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Convince Me to Read: THE GOLDFINCH

Wallace Yovetich

Staff Writer

Wallace Yovetich grew up in a home where reading was preferred to TV, playing outside was actually fun, and she was thrilled when her older brothers weren’t home so she could have a turn on the Atari. Now-a-days she watches a bit more TV, and considers sitting on the porch swing (with her laptop) “playing outside”. She still thinks reading is preferable to most things, though she’d really like to find out where her mom put that old Atari (Frogger addicts die hard). She runs a series of Read-a-Longs throughout the year (as well as posting fun bookish tidbits throughout the week) on her blog, Unputdownables. After teaching for seven years, Wallace is now an aspiring writer. Blog: Unputdownables Twitter: @WallaceYovetich

I am incredibly hesitant about reading brand new books. I get nervous about investing my time in titles that are so new there aren’t usually a ton of reader reviews (which I trust much more than newspaper reviews). Because of that, I’m going to throw out some titles here on Book Riot and see what YOU think of them. I’m going to ask you to convince me to read it (or not to read it), below in the comments. Those of you who have read it will get a chance to say what you think, those of you who are hesitant to read it will get to see what other readers think. Only rule: no spoilers please!

17333794The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

This is the book that EVERYONE is raving about. Seriously, it’s giving me anxiety about actually reading it. There is no way it’s as good as I keep hearing. Someone, somewhere must have thought this book was “meh.” I just don’t believe in any book that has no critics… well, no loud critics.

Does everyone love this book because they love Donna Tartt and they have to wait a decade in between each book? Is this a dark I want to rip my hair out while reading it book that everyone HAS to like or they won’t feel deep? Is this one of those books that people already know is going to win awards, so they want to jump on the I-told-you-so bandwagon early? Or is it really, really just that amazing?

Why should I (and other readers) read this book?


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